2004 Ukrainian child pornography raids

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The 2004 Ukrainian child pornography raids occurred a few months before the First Orange Revolution, when police in Ukraine raided a softcore child pornography ring operating in the cities of Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Simferopol. The ring had operated since 2001 and used a modeling agency as a front.[1]

The Crime Investigation Department of the Ministry for the Interior conducted the raids. The deputy head of the department, Vitaly Yarema, said that the bank accounts of the agency, containing hundreds of thousands of dollars, had been frozen.[1]

The raids were conducted after a joint investigation between Ukrainian police and Interpol. In 2005, the United States Department of State announced that there was further cooperation between Ukrainian police and other law enforcement agencies internationally.[2]

The investigation following the raids was completed by 6 April 2005.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Police Shut Ukraine Model Agency in Porn Crackdown". Reuters. 28 July 2004. Archived from the original on 10 August 2004.
  2. ^ "2005 Country Report on Human Rights Practices in Ukraine". United States Department of State. 2005. Archived from the original on 7 April 2006. Retrieved 7 April 2006.
  3. ^ "Criminal group involves 1,500 underage Ukrainian girls in porn business with parents' knowledge". Pravda. 6 April 2005. Archived from the original on 18 October 2007.

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